Moon Township, Pa. – The Robert Morris University (RMU) men’s lacrosse team was honored with two post season honors by the Colonial Athletic Association. Senior midfielder Dan Kerch (Chesterfield, Mo./DeSmet) was named to the All-CAA Second Team and freshman Kiel Matisz (Stoney Creek, Ontario/Saltfleet) earned a spot on the CAA All-Rookie Team.
Kerch was a team captain this past season and started every game for the Colonials. He captured the best season of his career with 23 goals and seven assists for 30 points. He led the team with 51 ground balls, while also adding nine caused turnovers. This season he broke RMU’s single game record for goals in a game with six against Bellarmine. He tallied at least one point in 11 of 16 games and scored multiple goals on six occasions.
Matisz made an immediate impact during his rookie year and played in every game. He compiled 10 goals, which made him the top scoring freshman on the RMU squad, while also adding 10 assists for 20 points. He tallied his best game of the season against Ohio State by scoring three goals and in RMU’s win over Detroit Mercy he captured a career-high three assists.
In addition, at the end of the season the Colonial squad voted on team awards. Kerch was honored with the team MVP award, while also being named Offensive Player of the Year. Junior goalie Sal Barcia (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) was named Defensive Player of the Year, junior goalie Dan MacNeil (Troy, Mich./Athens) was named Practice Player of the Year and senior Dan Mulford (Lutherville, Md./Calvert Hall) earned the team’s Colonial award.
Barcia made a significant defensive impact on the team this year and finished the season with 194 saves and a .554 save percentage. He tallied 10 double-digit save games and was ranked third in the CAA with 12.12 saves per game. In RMU’s final game of the season he tied an RMU single-game record with 23 saves, which led RMU to a 13-12 win over Sacred Heart.
MacNeil was honored with the Practice Player of the Year award by his teammates because he came to practice ready to work hard and motivated other players to do the same. His positive outlook at practice made a huge impact on the success of the team. He played in four games and established a GAA of 10.28.
Mulford was honored with the Colonial award, which is given to a player that best represents the men’s lacrosse program. Mulford was a solid player for the Colonials this year and was also a hard worker and a great leader. He played in every game this season and finished with 15 ground balls and five caused turnovers.
RMU finished the year with its best season to date at 9-7, which marks the Colonials first winning season.